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15 New Happenings in Downtown Lynchburg


Here’s the latest on new developments and openings in Downtown Lynchburg!

It doesn’t take long to see that Downtown Lynchburg has been a hub of activity lately. Revitalization and rehabilitation is happening all throughout the district from lofts and restaurants on Jefferson, to road expansions and reopenings along Church and Main. 

We did some digging to bring you the latest and greatest about the downtown district — see what you may have missed and be sure keep up with our weekly posts online via Facebook and Instagram. #DowntownLynchburg.

1) Dublin 3 Coffeehouse is serving up serious coffee.


Jefferson Street continues to develop at lightning pace with the latest opening of this coffeehouse in mid-April. Stop by to check out the awesome rough stone interior, and stay for a single origin pour-over (MudHouse, CounterCulture and Lamplighter are served) to see why people are already raving. With free WiFi and great hours, we foresee a lot of productivity and good conversations happening here.

2) The Emerald Stone Grille is Downtown’s hottest new restaurant.


If you haven’t stepped into this unique eatery on Jefferson Street, make plans to head over soon. Featuring rustic decor and lighting, the grille offers a multi-cuisine menu that gives guests a truly authentic experience. The restaurant specializes in handcrafted cocktails, a variety of appetizing starters, and entrees including duck, lamb, and steak. Be sure to take a stroll along the river after dinner for a truly relaxing evening downtown. 

3) CRISP is back and better than ever.


After months of renovations, this downtown eatery, offering healthy, whole food has reopened in a bright and beautiful space on the corner of Church and 12th. Grab a Thai wrap, some freshly squeezed juice and cozy up to the front window from a prime view of downtown. You can find their current menu — and expanded hours, yes! — on their Facebook page.

4) Experience life in a 19th century building at The Piedmont Flour Mill Lofts.


Downtown's most recently completed housing project is the truly unique Piedmont Flour Mill Lofts, giving you the option to literally live in a piece of local history. Dating back to the early-1800s, the building now houses multiple, high-end units complete with original wooden walls and updated with modern finishes. Each space is unique in layout, and most have views high above Jefferson Street, giving you a prime view of the river, passing trains and the bustle of downtown life.

5) Coming soon: The Wills-Camp Lofts will feature a historic, yet modern aesthetic. 


Located right on Main Street, the building plans to offer five different loft styles for residents to choose from. Each suite will display original hardwoods and metal ceilings that date back to 1880, as well as contemporary lighting and a modern kitchen. Choose to settle in one of these lofts and you will have a one-of-a-kind living experience, complete with a beautiful view of the city. 

7) The 11th Street Lofts enter the downtown scene.


The construction of a three-story building of single and two bedroom units recently began downtown. Located right on the Bluffwalk, each room will have a private balcony and a towering view of the James River, and will be in close proximity to many of the riverfront businesses and restaurants. 

8) The Glass House is up and running and ready to host your event.


Since its opening last year, The Glass House has brought a variety of bands and musical acts to the streets of downtown. It has also become one of the most sought-after spaces for private events and weddings. Located on Jefferson Street, it is the perfect venue for those looking for an exciting, urban venue in the middle of the downtown action. 

9) Lynchburg Community Market is still up and running.


Don’t let the yellow tape and cones confuse you: everyone’s favorite market is still open in the midst of the area’s current construction work. Thankfully, the work being done is helping to reinforce and strengthen the parking deck, which means the market will be safer and more accessible to guests for years to come.

10) Riverfront Park promises a summer of events.


Before long, the days of an empty Riverfront Park will be a distant memory. Beginning with Lynchstock and continuing throughout the summer, you’ll now find events being held riverside every weekend. From events like the first ever Lynchburg Food Fest to Movies in the Park to the monthly Riverfront Park Concert Series, you’ll be making this your new go-to weekend destination.

11) The Barking Dog will be serving up breakfast in the near future.


Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this fun breakfast joint, slated to open around late summer. The latest installment from the Parry Restaurant Group — of Waterstone Pizza, Shoemakers, El Jefe, and Bootleggers fame — will feature a vintage diner-vibe, serving breakfast classics on the corner of 10th and Commerce. We can’t wait try it ourselves!

12) Windblown Apothecary to be offering holistic shopping by summer’s end.


Downtown will be just a bit cooler, and hopefully healthier, with the launch of this new storefront coming to Church Street. Brought to us by the owners of Live Trendy or Die, the store will supply locals with “a brick-and-mortar source for healthy living that caters to healing and fauna.” With a planned opening for this fall, the shop will include succulents, crystals and vegan-dyed clothing. The owners also hope to collaborate with local florists so downtown residents can easily pick up fresh arrangements each day.

13) Grassroots Local Market coming soon.


With hopes to bring downtown its own dedicated grocery space — complete with local and organic offerings — this Lynchburg co-op is closing in on its final round of funding. Be sure to look for them to open within the near future, right on Main Street, and visit their site to find out why 700 others have already purchased memberships.

14) Amazement Square is undergoing a $5 million expansion. 


With a growing demand for educational programs in Lynchburg, Amazement Square is adding 17,000 square feet onto their current location. The new space will offer five classrooms, more space for traveling and in-house exhibitions and theater performances and a designated workshop for design staff. They also plan to stabilize the nearby train tunnel for a time travel exhibit that is sure to add to the incredible learning experience found at Amazement Square.

15) The Virginian is poised for greatness.


The completion of this massive restoration and renovation — one that will restore a historic, circa 1913 landmark, while also promoting local business — is slated for the end of 2017. For now, check out the latest photos of the work that is underway, and be looking for the hotel boutique, conference center and roof top restaurant to send out updates as progress moves forward!

BONUS: Work on the The Historic Academy of Music Theatre continues!


Restoration of one of Lynchburg's most notable historic treasures is coming along. The 1905 Academy of Music Theatre has been silent since 1958, but is finally poised to reopen in 2018, creating a beautiful 800-seat venue right here in Downtown Lynchburg. This one is a game changer!

PLUS: Lynch’s Landing has officially rebranded as the Downtown Lynchburg Association.


We have an updated name, logo, and plenty of new programs and events planned for this upcoming year. Learn about our recent changes and the reasons behind them here.

As always, thanks for reading and keep up with us on social media: now the Downtown Lynchburg Association on Facebook and still @DowntownLynchburg on Instagram.

Share your favorite discoveries and adventures with us by tagging #DowntownLynchburg. 



Downtown Lynchburg is for Lovers, so get downtown, Valentiners! Find a variety of ways to celebrate love in your life, whether you’re single, taken, or somewhere in between. We’ve got a few ideas to get you started:

Conscious Mercantile
Conscious Mercantile


Looking for something unique? Find that perfect gift for that perfect someone or something special for yourself at downtown’s local shops filled with one-of-a-kind goods. Take advantage of these special offers:

The Conscious Mercantile, Live Trendy or Die, andSpeakertree Records are partnering with Miriam's House to fight homelessness in Lynchburg. Make an in-store donation at Live Trendy or Die or the Conscious Mercantile and receive 10% off the weekend of February 10th - 12th.

Enjoy 25% off recycled skateboard goodies at Scene 3 Board Shop. That includes earrings, bracelets and planters. 

Stop by Favored Flavors from February 1st - February 14th, to receive a free all-natural Herbal Bath Blend with the purchase of a Himalayan Salt Lamp while supplies last!

The Lynchburg Community Market is filled with vendors. Find handcrafted items throughout, many featuring Valentine discounts!



Treat yourself (and maybe share a little, too!). Find goodies galore all over downtown like these:

Good Karma Tea is offering a Tea & Sugar Pairing on February 14th from 5pm – 7pm for just $12/couple. Be sure to pre-register for chocolate covered strawberries!

The Lynchburg Community Market is also filled with sweet treats. You can find red velvet cake, cookies, discounts on boxed chocolates, heart-shaped croissants, sweetheart crepes,  and more!

Find an array of beautiful and delicious truffles, jumbo chocolate covered strawberries, and cupcakes at Altus Chocolate.



Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some pampering! Make time to relax and focus on your heart, body, and mind, too! Bring your partner, lover, or friend and check out these offers:

February 11th - 13th The Parlor Spa is offering one hour couples massages for $138 and couples pedicures for $70.

Share the Love Couple’s Yoga at Yoga Goodness Studioon February 12th from 6:30pm – 7:15pm for just $30/couple. Explore connection and trust on the mat as you build intimacy and communication beyond the mat. Enjoy mimosas and chocolate afterward!                                            



Downtown is home to some of the most delicious local fare around! Ladies, get your friends together for a night on the town or couples, find a quiet corner for a perfectly romantic dinner for two!

February 9th – February 14th RA Bistro is featuring a special 4-course Valentine’s menu including a champagne toast and chocolate covered strawberries. Or, join them on February 9th for a special Girl's Night Out - Galentine's Edition.

If you're looking for romantic fine dining, Main Street Eaterywill be serving their St. Valentine’s Day Gala Menu for just $45/guest.

Singles, join the fun at The Water Dog on February 14th from 6pm - 9pm for their Valentine's Day Singles Shindig!

All of our downtown restaurants will be open and available, click here for a full list!



Plan a romantic night away right in town! The Craddock Terry Hotel has made planning your Valentine’s Day simple. Their “Soul Mate” Package includes every little detail you need to create a memorable Valentine’s Day! With prices starting at just $249 you can enjoy: one night stay in deluxe or premium accommodations, a bottle of champagne upon arrival, custom Craddock Terry Shoe-shaped cookies, his and hers slippers, rose petal turndown service, a $50 gift certificate for one of their award-winning restaurants, two complimentary continental breakfasts delivered to the room in the morning.

So what’ll it be –Valentines? Galentines? Treat yo’self? Our downtown shops and restaurants have what you need whatever you’re out to celebrate! All you need is love; let Downtown Lynchburg help take care of the rest!

Super Bowl Sunday in Downtown Lynchburg


The big game is Sunday and with more and more people “cutting the cord” with cable these days, we know many of you are looking for a great place to watch the game. Good news - Downtown Lynchburg is prepped and ready! You’ve got five fabulous restaurants to choose from, or consider hopping between them on commercial breaks (but let’s be honest, the commercials are the best part, right?).

So whether you are looking for a great bar atmosphere with classic beer and wings, or you want to step it up with a bourbon on the rocks and a gourmet burger, we’ve got you covered. Stop fumbling around with ideas of where to go (yes, pun intended) and get downtown this weekend!

RA Bistro
RA Bistro

RA Bistro

One of Downtown Lynchburg's most popular dinner spots is getting ready for the big game. They will be running specials on wings, beers, and appetizers all day long both dine in and take-out, and will be playing the game on the big screens in their bar. Boasting one of the biggest menus in downtown, RA has something for everyone.


The Water Dog

This new taphouse is the talk of the town. With 36 beers on tap and the biggest screen in Downtown Lynchburg, this is the best choice for craft beer lovers and serious football fans. Come early to enjoy one of their many specials, including burgers and wings, and get the game yourself with their ping pong and shuffleboard tables.


Kegney Brothers

Football, Irish style. Head to Kegney Brothers for wings, fish & chips, a shot of Jameson, and a pint of Guinness.

For more information on Downtown Lynchburg, visit Keep up to date by following Lynch’s Landing on Facebook and Instagram @DowntownLynchburg.


YOU GET TO ACT LIKE A DIVA~DRESS LIKE A DIVA~SHOP LIKE A DIVA~EAT LIKE A DIVA~DRINK LIKE A DIVA~BE TREATED LIKE A DIVA BY 48 Downtown Businesses at the Downtown Diva Crawl. Get ready to kick off this great Lynch's Landing event by being at the Community Market at 5:30 p.m. next Friday the 21st of November. Get ready to be energized for crawling the streets of downtown with music by Tony Camm and DJ Ed. Diva accessories to add to your attire as well as a trolley map to take you around for FREE with a complete list of participating businesses and their incentives! Live DJ's will be positioned in 7 businesses to encourage you to shop and dine in the streets of downtown! Check out the many features on all these businesses at our face book event page by joining the event Downtown Diva Crawl. An Instagram Contest will take place by you snapping your picture at any of the Downtown Participating Businesses and #divacrawl. Stay tuned exciting information on the GRAND PRIZE and other prizes being offered by Downtown participating businesses to be shared on this event page. OH WHAT A NIGHT!

Click here to view Participating Businesses

Click here to view Free Trolley Map

Youth Art Crawl Returns to Downtown Lynchburg


Lynch's Landing is collaborating with the Academy of Fine Arts and Lynchburg City Schools for the 3rd Annual Youth Art Crawl to celebrate and promote youth arts during the month of March.  Students from Lynchburg City Schools have created artwork in different mediums. Last week, the artwork was installed in participating downtown businesses and at the Academy of Fine Arts. Artwork will be available for the community to enjoy through April 1, 2013.  The goal of this celebration is to inspire young artists' minds and bring the community downtown to support local businesses and local youth. There will be over 255 student pieces participating in this event.


Student work can be found at the following locations:

Heritage Elementary School

 Baby B’s  |

 821 Main Street

Bedford Hills Elementary

 School Bank of the James| 

823 Main Street

Paul Munro Elementary School

 Market at Main | 

904 Main Street

Sandusky Elementary School, The Go Center, and T.C. Miller Elementary School

 CAO Artisan Chocolates | 

908 Main Street

Perrymont Elementary School

 High Peak Sportswear |

924 Main Street

Linkhorne Elementary School

 Scene 3 Board Shop | 

1107 Main Street

Bass Elementary School

 Telitha Spa | 

1200 Main Street

E.C. Glass High School

 Urban Merchant| 

1206 Main Street

E.C. Glass High School

 Gladiola Girls | 

1220 Main Street

Dunbar Middle School

 Lynchburg Community Market |

1219 Main Street

R.S. Payne Elementary School and Sheffield Elementary School

 The White Hart | 

1208 Main Street

Dearington Elementary School

 Lynchburg Visitors Center | 

216 12



Linkhorne Middle School

 Dance Theater of Lynchburg | 

722 Commerce Street

Sandusky Middle School

 Riverviews Artspace | 

901 Jefferson Street